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Business Alumni in the News

  • Darla Ramirez was named interim financial officer for Pier 1 Imports Inc., Crossroads Today and many other media outlets reported. Ramirez earned a bachelor of business administration with concentration in accounting from the UTA College of Business.

  • October 2, 2017 - Andrew Wells, a UTA College of Business alumnus, was hired as Masaba Inc.'s new regional sales manager for the southwestern United States, Iowa's Sioux City Journal reported. Andrew holds a bachelor of business administration with concentration in marketing from the UTA College of Business.

  • September 27, 2017 - UTA alumna Pamela Roberts has been appointed to lead JTaylor Tax Services as Managing Partner, Dallas Citybizlist reported. Roberts is a Certified Public Accountant in Texas. She received a bachelor of business administration with accounting concentration and a master of science in taxation, both from the UTA College of Business.

  • September 25, 2017 - UTA alumnus Jonathan Wells was named one of tED Magazine's 30 under 35 as a rising professional in the electrical industry. He earned an MBA in UTA's College of Business taking evening and weekend courses.

  • September 13, 2017 - The Altus Times in Oklahoma reported that Crockett Elementary in Midland has been renamed after alumnus General Tommy Franks. Franks earned a bachelor of business administration from UTA's College of Business.

  • September 8, 2017 - Alumnus Andrew Feghali’s company, Aeroblaze Laboratory, will be recognized at the annual TechFW IMPACT Awards luncheon, Dallas CityBizList reported. Feghali earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering and an MBA from UTA.

  • September 6, 2017 - Alumna Ijeamaka Gboneme was interviewed in the Independent of Lagos, Nigeria, about her business aspirations and success. Gboneme earned a bachelor of business administration with finance concentration at UTA's College of Business.

  • August 14, 2017 - Fort Worth Business profiled UTA alumnus Brian Happel, BBVA Compass Fort Worth CEO, about new advances in banking. Happel was a place-kicker for the Washington Redskins, New York Jets and other National Football League teams, as well as The University of Texas at Arlington. He holds a bachelor of business administration with concentration in management from the UTA College of Business.

  • August 14, 2017 - First National Bank of Central Texas named Rachel Pechacek as senior vice president of the Woodway-Hewitt banking center, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported. Pechacek holds a bachelor of business administration with concentration in real estate from the UTA College of business.

  • August 11, 2017 - Helius Medical Technologies Inc. has named Dane Andreeff as director, Market Exclusive reported. Andreeff received a bachelor of science in economics and a master of arts in economics from UTA's College of Business.

  • August 11, 2017 - Conifer Health has named James Logsdon as president of its hospital revenue unit, Sys-Con Media reported. Logsdon holds a master of science in health care administration from UTA's College of Business.

  • August 11, 2017 - Aimee Muir has overcome a car crash and brain injury to help others in need through a variety of non-profits, Park Cities Bubble Life and several sister publications reported. Muir holds an executive MBA from UTA's College of Business.

  • August 9, 2017 - Jeremy Barclay has been named CEO of Round Rock Medical Center, Community Impact Newspaper reported. Barclay received a master of science in health care administration from UTA's College of Business.

  • August 2, 2017 - The University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry reported that alumnus Chris Cadwell has been named the new clinic manager for the school’s predoctoral clinics. Cadwell earned a bachelor of business administration with concentration in finance from UTA's College of Business.

  • July 28, 2017 - Chris Andrews has been named vice president for information technology for Pei Wei, The Daily Meal reported. Andrews holds a master of professional accounting from UTA's College of Business.

  • July 24, 2017 - Joseph Hoffmann has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer of Chicago-based IFG Companies, one of the nation's largest privately held insurance groups, Fort Worth Business reported. Hoffmann holds a bachelor of business administration with concentration in accounting from UTA's College of Business.

  • July 17, 2017 - Janice Klostermeier has been appointed senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer of Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, Calif., WFLX Fox 29 in West Palm Beach, Fla., WSFA NBC 12 in Montgomery, Ala., KCBD NBC 11 in Lubbock and several other media outlets reported. Klostermeier holds a bachelor of business administration with concentration in accounting from UTA's College of Business.

  • July 17, 2017 - Andrew Feghali, CEO of Aeroblaze Laboratory, a company that ensures that interior materials of planes meet fire safety regulations, was featured in Fort Worth Business. Feghali holds an MBA from UTA's College of Business.

  • July 12, 2017 - Alumna Jacqualyn "Jackie" Fouse has been named executive chairman of Dermavant Sciences, Swiss Life Sciences reported. Fouse earned a bachelor of arts in economics, a master of arts in economics, and a Ph.D. in business administration with concentration in finance, all from UTA's College of Business.

  • July 12, 2017 - Digital Journal, Enhanced Online News and TMCNet reported alumnus Joseph Hoffmann has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer for IFG Companies. Hoffmann earned a bachelor of business administration with concentration in accounting from UTA's College of Business.

  • July 12, 2017 - Raul Gonzalez, UTA alumnus and Mansfield ISD Board of Directors president, has earned the title Master Trustee after completing a year-long leadership program from the Texas Association of School Boards, the Star-Telegram reported. Gonzalez graduated from the UTA College of Business with a bachelor of business administration with concentration in management.

  • July 10, 2017 - Benzinga reported that alumna Jacqualyn "Jackie" Fouse has been named Executive Chairman of Dermavant Sciences. Fouse earned a bachelor of arts in economics, a master of arts in economics, and a Ph.D. in business administration with concentration in finance, all from UTA's College of Business.

  • July 7, 2017 - UTA alumnus Brian Burke has joined PacWest Machinery as branch manager for western Washington, Pacific Builder and Engineer reported. Burke holds a bachelor of business administration with concentration im marketing from UTA's College of Business.

  • July 5, 2017 - UTA alumnus Marwan Al-Shammari wrote an op-ed column for The Jordan Times about the need to develop new public policy methods in Jordan. Al-Shammari holds a doctorate in business administration with concentration in management from UTA's College of Business and is a faculty member at Hashemite University.

  • June 19, 2017 - Lynn Malkawi, a UTA graduate, wrote an opinion piece for The Jordan Times about economic times in that country that cites reasons for optimism. Malkawi works in public service. She holds a bachelor of business administration and an MBA both from the UTA College of Business.

  • June 12, 2017 - Roxanne Thalman defeated opponent Marvin Sutton by only three votes in the Arlington District 3 council May 10 runoff race, the Star-Telegram reported. District 5 incumbent Lana Wolff won re-election against Dakota Loupe in runoff election. Sutton holds a bachelor of science in accounting from UTA's College of Business. Loupe is a UTA student.

  • June 7, 2017 - Alumnus Peter Singer has joined the leadership team at GIACT Systems, a leader in payment fraud reduction, Sweden's World News, WLOX ABC/CBS 13 in Biloxi, Miss., and other websites reported. Singer earned an MBA and master of science in human resource management from the UTA College of Business.

  • June 2, 2017 - Alumnus Ross Korkmas, chief operating officer at Medical Center of South Arkansas, has been named as a 40 under 40 honoree by Arkansas Business, the El Dorado News-Times reported. Korkmas earned a master of science in health care administration from UTA College of Business.

  • May 31, 2017 - UTA alumnus Andy Heinz will take over Lee Johnson Capital Management as CEO/president after the company’s namesake and leader retires, Fort Worth Business reported. Heinz earned a B.B.A. in finance from UTA.

  • May 26, 2017 - Uma Datla has joined RSP Permian Inc. as its chief accounting officer, KEYC CBS 12 in Monkato, Minn., WVIR NBC 29 in Charlottesville, Va., WDAM ABC 7 in Hattiesburg, Miss., and several other outlets reported. Datla holds a master in professional accounting from UTA.

  • April 26, 2017 - UTA alumnus Jim Fant has been named executive managing director – acquisitions for Westmount Realty Capital, CityBizList and many other media reported. Fant earned his B.B.A. in accounting from UTA.

  • April 21, 2017 - UTA alumnus Riyad Alsaid was named executive director of technology for Rockwall school district, Blue Ribbon News reported. He earned a bachelor of science in information systems from UTA.

  • April 21, 2017 - Several UTA alumni and students are listed among the candidates for the Arlington City Council May 6 ballot, the Star-Telegram reported. Among the candidates are alumni Chris "Dobi" Dobson, Marvin Sutton and Kathryn Wilemon, and UTA students Blerim Elmazi and Dakota Loupe. Sutton holds a bachelor of science in accounting from UTA.

  • April 5, 2017 - Asia Travel Tips reported that alumnus Rakesh Narayanan has been appointed as vice president of supplier commerce - Asia Pacific for Sabre Travel Network. Narayanan earned both a master of science in information systems and an MBA from UTA.

  • March 31, 2017 - Randy Rogers has been appointed the new CEO of Garden Park Medical Center in Gulfport, Miss., according to mhanewsnow. Rogers holds an MBA and a master’s in health care administration from UTA.

  • March 13, 2017 - Diana Alt has been named to the Hotel Brokers International board of directors, Hotel News Resource reported. Alt received her B.B.A. in marketing from UTA.

  • March 6, 2017 - EXCO Resources Inc. named Anthony Horton to its board of directors, WVIR NBC 29 in Charlottesville, Va., WLIO NBC 8 in Lima, Ohio, and many other media outlets reported. Horton holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in management degree and a Master's of Professional Accounting degree, both from UTA. Horton is chief financial officer and executive vice president of Energy Future Holdings Corp.

  • February 20, 2017 - Mohr Partners has hired Travis Mason as director of corporate services, PR Web reported. Mason is a UTA graduate with a bachelor's degree in economics.

  • February 28, 2017 - Tire Business, Modern Tire Dealer and Tire Review reported that alumna Rebecca Sinclair has been hired as the chief people officer for American Tire Distributors, Inc. Sinclair earned her executive master's in business administration degree at UTA.

  • January 30, 2017 - Scott Johnson, who holds a UTA bachelor’s degree in accounting, has been appointed chief financial officer of United Real Estate Group, Satellite News and Contacto Latino reported.

  • January 25, 2017 - Martin Schlossman, who holds an MBA from UTA, has been promoted to first vice president of FHL Bank, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.

  • January 18, 2017 - Eric Jensen has been appointed to the Denton County Transportation Authority, Mass Transit Mag reported. Jensen has a bachelor’s degree in management from the UTA College of Business.

  • December 16, 2016 - Guidry News reported that alumnus John Bielamowicz has been appointed to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists by Gov. Greg Abbott. Bielamowicz earned a bachelor of business administration in real estate degree from UTA.

  • December 9, 2016 - Alumnus Kevin Robbins has been named to the Mannatech board of directors, KWWL NBC 7 in Waterloo, Iowa, reported. Robbins earned a bachelor of business administration in marketing from UTA.

  • December 7, 2016 - Tim Zimmer was named chief marketing officer of Smithfield Foods, eFeedLink, the Arizona Republic and many other media outlets reported. Zimmer earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UTA.

  • November 30, 2016 - Michael Ahart was recently honored as the 2016 Fleet Executive of the Year, Fleet Financials reported. Ahart holds a Master of Professional Accounting from the UTA College of Business.

  • November 23, 2016 - Beckers Hospital Review and Dayton Business Journal both published a short profile about UTA alumnus Matthew Caldwell, who was recently appointed CEO of Springfield, Ohio-based Community Mercy Health Partners. Caldwell holds a master of science in health care administration from UTA.

  • November 21, 2016 - Tony Ramirez, who holds an MBA from UTA, has been appointed vice-president of economic development for the Borderplex Alliance in El Paso, the Las Cruces Sun-News and El Paso Inc reported.

  • November 18, 2016 - SoVaNow, which is the South Boston News & Record and Mecklenburg Sun, reported that Angela Lawrence (nee Lacombe) has been named the new Chase City town manager. Lawrence received her master’s degree in management from UTA.

  • November 11, 2016 - The Borderplex Alliance, a regional economic development organization based in El Paso, has hired Tony Ramirez as vice president of economic development, the El Paso Times and the Las Cruces, N.M., Sun-News reported. Ramirez earned a master's in business administration from UTA.

  • November 9, 2016 - G. Thomas "Tom" Lumpkin and Margaret Shaffer, both alumni of the University of Texas at Arlington College of Business doctoral program, joined the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business as endowed chairs. Read the full news release...

  • November 7, 2016 - Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Michael Guyton, Tina Mims and Jay Zeidman to the Small Business Assistance Advisory Task Force, PressReleasePoint.com reported. Guyton received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UTA. Mims received a bachelor of business administration in marketing from UTA.

  • November 4, 2016 - Melody Martinez (nee Metzger) has been named Vice President - Oil and Gas Management for Farmers National Company, Growing Florida, AgriMarketing and many other media reported. Martinez earned her bachelor's degree in management from UTA.

  • November 2, 2016 - UTA’s Distinguished Alumni dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the E.H. Hereford University Center, the Star-Telegram reported. Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, C. Keith Cargill, Maj. Gen. Daniel P. Hughes, Liz Johnson and Jocelyn Zee will be honored. Cargill holds an MBA from the College of Business.

  • October 26, 2016 - Numerous news outlets, including WVIR Channel 29 in Charlottesville, Va., WDAM Channel 7 in Hattiesburg, Miss. and WLOX Channel 13 in Biloxi, Miss. reported on the appointment of Deanna Johnston as chief information officer of Shiseido Americas Corporation, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based, global cosmetics company Shiseido Company, Limited. Johnston received her bachelor’s degree in finance from UTA.

  • October 21, 2016 - Hispanic Executive profiled Maria Mejia, a UTA alumna and chief financial officer for Ulterra, a drill bit manufacturer. Mejia earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and international business from UTA.

  • October 11, 2016 - The October 2016 issue of Arlington Today focused on the success stories of 16 women in business in the Arlington, Mansfield, Kennedale and S.W. Grand Prairie communities. UTA College of Business graduate Valerie Landry along with her sister, Camille McDonald, and their mother, Dr. Joan Bergstrom, graced the cover and were featured in the magazine. They own The Sanford House, a bed and breakfast in Arlington including restaurant506 and a spa. Valerie graduated with an MBA from UTA and is presently the General Manager of the property.

  • October 10, 2016 - Southlake Style profiled alumna Stephanie Hays, highlighting her passion for financial planning. Hays received her bachelor’s degree in finance from UTA, and says she mentors students and sits in on lectures at the university.

  • October 10, 2016 - UTA alumnus Clint Stephens started Arlington Connect to bring businesses and people in Arlington together, the Arlington Voice reported. Stephens graduated from UTA with a business degree and owns Precision Press in Arlington.

  • October 3, 2016 - The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette profiled Susan Harriman (nee Broussard), a UTA graduate who is the executive director of a new nonprofit, Forward Arkansas, a public-private partnership among the Little Rock-based Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, the Bentonville-based Walton Family Foundation and the state Board of Education, with a mission to improve public education. Harriman holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing degree from UTA.

  • September 21, 2016 - Willy Vargas has been promoted to director for sales in Latin America and the Caribbean for FlightSafety International, Aviation Pros reported. Vargas received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from UTA.

  • September 16, 2016 - Charles Shewmake has joined Thompson & Knight LLP as a partner in the trial practice group, Marketwired reported. Shewmake received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from UTA. He served for more than eight years as vice president and general counsel for BNSF Railway Corp.

  • September 9, 2016 - UTA alumnus Greg Hudson was named city manager of Gilmer City Council, the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported. He received a bachelor of arts degree in accounting from UTA in 1995 and a master of public administration degree in 2011.

  • September 2, 2016 - UTA alumna Elaine Hart has been named Austin’s interim city manager, KXAN TV Channel 36 (Austin) reported. Hart received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from UTA.

  • August 26, 2016 - Benzinga, KFMB 760 AM, Spoke.com, WDAM.com, Electric Energy Online and many other media outlets reported that Lonestar Resources US has named John Pinkerton as chairman of the board. Pinkerton, who earned a master’s degree in professional accounting from UTA, previously served as director of the company.

  • August 22, 2016 - Houma Today reported that alumna Marilyn Macik-Frey has been chosen as dean of the College of Business Administration at Nicholls State University. Macik-Frey earned a doctorate in business administration and management from UTA and taught at the Goolsby Leadership Academy.

  • August 17, 2016 - Christian Romieh has joined AXIS Accident and Health as vice president and business development manager for its Middle East and North Africa reinsurance business, Yahoo! Finance and many other websites reported. Romieh earned his MBA from UTA.

  • August 1, 2016 - Jay Jenkins, a UTA alumnus and president and chief executive officer of Carlsbad National Bank in Carlsbad, Calif., has been elected president of the New Mexico Bankers Association for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, Current-Argus reported. Jenkins earned a bachelor of business administration degree in real estate from UTA.